FRANKFORT — Coach Diana Brooker could only shake her head when asked about mistakes her Scott County volleyball team made in its second game.
"They let the mistakes get to them," she said.
Brooker and company worried those miscues might spell the end of their trip to the 11th Region Tournament at Franklin County on Monday.
"Our minds were a little distant," junior outside hitter Christa Prewitt said. "We had to reorganize a little."
So Scott County did some housekeeping and found a way to pull out a teeter-totter of a third game over Lexington Christian to advance to the region semifinals with a 25-22, 14-25, 25-18 win.
In that second game, the Cardinals allowed the Eagles to score 13 straight points to end it. They struggled to do anything against Abby Dundon, who started service when it was a 14-13 Scott County lead.
But the Cardinals weren't done yet.
"I'm really proud of them," Brooker said. "To go down like they did in that second game and then come back in and fight, it takes a lot. They did awesome."
They advance to face No. 9 Paul Dunbar, a quick, two-set winner over Madison Central.
In the decisive third game, the Eagles took advantage of more Scott County errors and went on a 7-0 run to grab a 9-6 lead before the Cardinals turned it on again. They went ahead for good an a service error by Lexington Christian.
"They were very scrappy and covered the floor well," LCA Coach Teresa Ford said of Scott County, which won its third straight.
The Eagles got within two points (19-17), but the Cardinals took a timeout and found new energy and got a couple of well-placed balls by Ashley Franklin to win.
"We definitely turned it back up in the third game," said Prewitt, who had nine kills and two blocks for the match. "There was no way they were beating us."
Ford was pleased with her team's effort.
"I'm very proud of them this season because we've changed our rotation probably five or six times trying to find a good fit, and we turned the corner at the end," Ford said.
Dunbar drops Madison Central
The ninth-ranked Paul Dunbar Bulldogs were coming off a huge win over No. 6 Henry Clay in the district tournament, and Coach Jenni Morgan was a little concerned that her team would have problems with focus against Madison Central.
But the defending region champion Bulldogs showed their coach she had no reason to worry with an easy 25-8, 25-6 win over the Indians.
"It would have been very easy for them to take us out of our game," Morgan said of the Indians. "But we came out very focused and capitalized on finding the holes in their defense."
Setter Stefani Cleaver said the key was finding ways to get better late in the season.
"We wanted to keep the focus on our side of the net," Cleaver said. "We didn't worry about what they were doing, just what we were able to do to get better."
The Bulldogs have won six straight and nine of their past 10. Madison Hatcher led Dunbar with six kills, including five in the first game when the Bulldogs used a 12-2 run to put away the game.
At Franklin Co.
Scott County def. Lexington Christian 25-22, 14-25, 25-18.
Records—Lexington Christian 16-14, Scott County 14-15.
Paul Dunbar def. Madison Central 25-8, 25-6.
Records—Paul Dunbar 32-9, Madison Central 15-13.